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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 08/14/17

Moisture and cooler temperatures brought relief to most of North Dakota....

 FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending August 13th, moisture and cooler temperatures brought relief to most of North Dakota, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Rainfall amounts ranged from one half to one and a half inches, with some isolated areas receiving over three inches. The moisture benefitted row crops and pastures, but the effects of earlier drought conditions were still being felt.

    Temperatures across the state averaged two to eight degrees below normal.

    There were 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 22 percent very short, 34 short, 42 adequate, and 2 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 22 percent very short, 34 short, 42 adequate, and 2 surplus.

    Field Crops Report

    Corn condition rated 7 percent very poor, 13 poor, 32 fair, 44 good, and 4 excellent. Corn silking was 94 percent, near 92 last year, and equal to the five-year average. Dough was 37 percent, behind 45 last year, and near 38 average. Dented was 1 percent, near 5 both last year and average.

    Soybean condition rated 5 percent very poor, 14 poor, 37 fair, 42 good, and 2 excellent. Soybeans blooming was 94 percent, behind 99 last year, and near 97 average. Setting pods was 78 percent, behind 85 both last year and average.

    Winter wheat mature was 98 percent. Harvested was 75 percent, behind 85 last year.

    Spring wheat condition rated 19 percent very poor, 19 poor, 27 fair, 31 good, and 4 excellent. Spring wheat coloring was 98 percent, near 97 last year. Mature was 78 percent. Harvested was 36 percent, behind 41 last year, but ahead of 31 average.

    Barley condition rated 12 percent very poor, 15 poor, 24 fair, 44 good, and 5 excellent. Barley mature was 95 percent. Harvested was 52 percent, near 53 last year, but ahead of 41 average.

    Oats condition rated 28 percent very poor, 27 poor, 30 fair, 14 good, and 1 excellent. Oats coloring was 97 percent, near 99 last year. Mature was 88 percent. Harvested was 57 percent, near 60 last year, but ahead of 40 average.

    Sunflowers condition rated 15 percent very poor, 21 poor, 39 fair, 24 good, and 1 excellent. Sunflowers blooming was 87 percent, behind 93 last year, but ahead of 77 average. Ray flowers dried was 4 percent.

    Dry edible beans condition rated 6 percent very poor, 13 poor, 24 fair, 49 good, and 8 excellent. Dry edible beans setting pods was 85 percent, near 86 last year and 81 average. Dropping leaves was 4 percent.

    Durum wheat condition rated 14 percent very poor, 30 poor, 49 fair, 7 good, and 0 excellent. Durum wheat coloring was 95 percent, ahead of 89 last year and 79 average. Mature was 55 percent.

    Canola condition rated 12 percent very poor, 21 poor, 29 fair, 37 good, and 1 excellent. Canola coloring was 90 percent, near 86 last year, and ahead of 82 average. Harvested was 10 percent.

    Flaxseed condition rated 20 percent very poor, 28 poor, 37 fair, 14 good, and 1 excellent. Flaxseed coloring was 85 percent, near 84 last year, and ahead of 68 average. Harvested was 4 percent.

    Dry edible peas dropping leaves was 97 percent, near 96 last year. Harvested was 58 percent, behind 67 last year.

    Potato condition rated 3 percent very poor, 10 poor, 16 fair, 54 good, and 17 excellent. Potatoes rows closed was 91 percent, near 95 last year and 90 average. Vines dry was 9 percent, near 7 last year.

    Alfalfa condition rated 42 percent very poor, 29 poor, 23 fair, 6 good, and 0 excellent. Alfalfa second cutting was 77 percent complete, near 74 last year, and ahead of 71 average.

    Sugarbeets condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 7 fair, 37 good, and 55 excellent.

    Pasture and Range Report

    Pasture and range conditions rated 37 percent very poor, 35 poor, 21 fair, 7 good, and 0 excellent.

    Stock water supplies rated 21 percent very short, 38 short, 40 adequate, and 1 surplus.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Six groups in North Dakota have formed an alliance aimed at moving the state's livestock industry forward. The North Dakota Livestock Alliance includes groups representing the pork, dairy, corn, soybean and ethanol industries. Chairman Craig Jarolimek says it will promote responsible livestock operations - not try to push through large confined animal feeding operations that often draw opposition.
 
     Some people wonder about its potential impact on family farms. Attorney Derrick Braaten represents a citizen group opposing a proposed hog farm near Buffalo. He worries the alliance will be influenced by industrial interests that care only about shareholders.
 
     North Dakota Farmers Union is a member even though it's fought against corporate farming. President Mark Watne says the alliance can help build a more successful business model for livestock operations.
 
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    FARGO, N.D. - USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service has released their North Dakota Crop Production Report based on August 1 conditions.

    North Dakota's 2017 spring wheat crop is forecast at 186 million bushels, down 31 percent from last year, according to the . Harvested acreage is estimated at 5.16 million acres, down 12 percent from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 36 bushels per acre, down 10 bushels from 2016.

    Durum wheat production is forecast at 25.9 million bushels, down 56 percent from last year. Harvested acreage is estimated at 1.08 million, down 25 percent from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 24 bushels per acre, down 16.5 bushel from last year.

    Winter wheat production is forecast at 1.52 million bushels, 74 percent below last year's crop. Harvested acreage is estimated at 40,000 acres, down 67 percent from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 38 bushels per acre, down 10 bushels from 2016.

    Barley production is forecast at 24.2 million bushels, down 44 percent from last year. Harvested acreage is estimated at 410,000 acres, down 36 percent from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 59 bushels per acre, down 8 bushels from 2016.

    Oat production is forecast at 4.60 million bushels, down 37 percent from last year. Harvested acreage, at 100,000 acres, is down 9 percent from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 46 bushels per acre, down 20 bushels from last year.

    Corn production is forecast at 417 million bushels, down 19 percent from 2016. Acreage harvested for grain is estimated at 3.45 million acres, up 6 percent from last year. Average yield is forecast at 121 bushels per acre, down 37 bushel from last year.

    Soybean production is forecast at 236 million bushels, down 5 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at a record breaking 7.15 million acres, is up 19 percent from last year. Average yield per acre is forecast at 33 bushels per acre, down 8.5 bushels from 2016.

    Alfalfa hay production is forecast at 1.89 million tons, down 21 percent from last year. Harvested acreage is estimated at 1.45 million acres, up 4 from a year ago. Expected yield, at 1.30 tons per acre, is down 0.4 tons from last year.

    All other hay production is forecast at 1.21 million tons, down 37 percent from last year. Harvested acreage is estimated at 1.10 million acres, unchanged from a year ago. Expected yield, at 1.10 tons per acre, is down 0.65 ton from last year.

    Dry edible bean production is forecast at 10.1 million cwt, up 14 percent from last year. The average yield is forecast at 1,500 pounds per acre, down 80 pounds from last year. Acres planted by class are as follows: Pinto, 459,000; Black, 91,000; Navy, 86,000; Large Garbanzo, 31,200; Pink, 2,800; Small Garbanzo, 12,900; Dark Red Kidney, 1,700; Great Northern, 2,900; Small Red, 4,300; All Other, 8,200.

    Sugarbeet production is forecast at 6.18 million tons, down 1 percent from 2016. Area for harvest, at 192,000 acres, is down 5 percent from last year. Yield is estimated at a record 32.2 tons per acre, up 1.4 tons from last year.

 


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